I had never been to visit Kensington Palace before, until yesterday when I ventured through the beautiful park and surrounding gardens to take a look round the Palace and also see the new Fashion Rules exhibition which showcases some of the amazing Royal dresses worn by HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana.
Fashion Rules takes you through the ages from the 1950’s -1980’s in Royal dressing and features 10 notable designers that had the privilege of dressing one of the most powerful women in history. The 1950’s focuses on HM Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret in the 1960’s and of course Princess Diana in the 1980’s. As you follow the story of fashion you can see even the Royal’s followed the trends of the decades. Did you know they always have to wear light colours? There are so many interesting facts along the way, not to mention the most beautiful dresses I have seen.
Surrounding the walls are also the covers of Vogue from the era’s, it was so great to see them and loved the simplicity of the covers back then. One cover had ‘Christmas gifts to £5’, I wish they were still that cheap!
The 1950’s focused on the nipped waists and full skirts to create an hourglass shape. My favourite was this golden gown that the The Queen wore on the opening of the New Zealand parliament in 1963, which follows the rule of embellishment.
It was interesting to see the choices of Princess Margaret, she was very fashion forward and opted for designs by Christian Dior.
One of the most watched woman in the public eye was Princess Diana and her dresses take on the 80’s look with shoulder pads and sparkle. My favourite was this royal blue and sparkling stars dress.
After a tour of the Palace itself I went for a stroll in the lovely gardens, which are so lovely, I could easily live here. The Fashion Rules exhibition runs until next year at Kensington Palace.